What is the Stanley Ann Dunham Scholarship?

It is a $5,000 scholarship that is awarded annually to a graduating senior woman from Mercer Island High School (MIHS) and Rainier Beach High School (RBHS) whose idealism, academic achievement and volunteer experiences have made a difference in the lives of others in the broader community.

Who is eligible?

College-bound women who are seniors at Mercer Island High School and Rainier Beach High School.

Does the scholarship apply only to four-year colleges?

No, it applies to both two-year and four-year colleges.

What factors will be used to judge applicants’ submissions?

  • Community service
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Academic achievement
  • College plans

Can working at a job qualify me to apply for the scholarship?

Yes, as long as you can demonstrate leadership, responsibility, and commitment to making a difference in the community, which could include a service activity during the school day.

Can I use the essays I wrote for my college applications?

No. We ask a different question than those on college applications. We want you to describe your community service and personal experiences and how they reflect the values of Stanley Ann Dunham.

Whom should I list as references?

We suggest:
1. One person who is familiar with your community service work or your job.
2. One person who is familiar with your academic or work or school activities.

If I am granted a scholarship, what happens with the funds?

We forward the scholarship funds to your chosen school to be applied towards tuition.

Do you keep in touch with scholars?

Through our website and social media, we provide the opportunity for our scholars to network within a growing community of scholars as they navigate the challenges of colleges and careers. Members of the Board of Directors can also provide guidance as scholars pursue their goals, and celebrate their successes.

Can you provide any advice on writing my personal essay?

Click here for some awesome advice on writing your personal essay from Naomi Moore, 2015 scholar and current board member!